ZBC broadcaster, poet, and award-winning activist for the rights of women and physically challenged people. Eight interview footage tracks and 4 clips; 27 Oct. 2012 (56').
Soneni Gwizi tells her story and talks about the many challenges that differently abled people are facing in Zimbabwe and in their communities. Today, Soneni is an award-winning activist with her own weekly show on ZBC where she invites people to talk about their "disabilities" whatever those may be. Given all the challenges, how did she make it? Soneni tells about the support she was lucky to receive from her mother, her grandmother and her sisters, who, while she could not attend school, taught her everyday what they had learnt in school. Her passion for education grew from these roots and gave her the strength to live and pursue her dreams. Short of bungee-jumping she has realized her dreams. From there, the wish to share what she had received and to speak out for others was just one more little step to make her what she is today.
We made the recordings with Soneni in her home. It's Saturday, midday, and a party was getting into good swing across the roadâ¦ this is the soundtrack, which you'll hear throughout the recordings.
Three of Soneni's poems, which we also recorded are archived at: http://archive.org/details/Voices_from_Bulawayo
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